International Evidence Locker

What is the International Evidence Locker?

The International Evidence Locker is an easy to use App designed to capture photographic evidence of mass atrocities or human rights violations using a smartphone. The photos are date/time/GPS location stamped for evidentiary purposes, and all file information is encrypted immediately after the photos are taken. The evidence is then sent simultaneously to two secure drop-boxes to be used in judicial proceedings. The app is masked so that the person collecting evidence is protected, and the pictures are never saved to the phone to prevent manipulation.

For more information on the problem and how applications like the IEL can help read this NY Times Magazine article.

What is it used for?

Collection of photographic evidence involved in:

  • Genocide
  • War crimes
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Forensic investigation
  • Illegal trade
  • Local Law enforcement

Who is involved?

  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Humanity United
  • US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mobile App Brewery
  • West Allis Police Department

Awards and Grants

Aug 2014 - Awarded Grant from USAID entitled “International Evidence Locker, Redesign, Redevelopment and Redeployment”
May 2014 - Received Eureka Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal
Feb 2013 - Received 3rd place in Innocentive ideation challenge


Sept 2012 - Prototype developed
Jun 2013 - App field tested in Turkey by Amnesty International
Aug 2014 - Awarded grant funding by USAID for further development

We are currently collaborating with the UWM mobile App Brewery, Amnesty International, Humanity United, the West Allis Police Department, and other key members of our steering committee to produce an updated App.

Links to other information:
Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide to First Responders, 2nd edition
USAID Press Release
The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention
Update post to the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention